Claims medical transition was ‘coerced’
Cole told CNA in September that her parents “were scared and desperate for answers” when she first told them she was a boy and that their decision to sign off on transitioning her was “forced under extreme duress.”
The suit alleges that Cole’s doctors “coerced” her and her parents into medically transitioning her by telling them she was at a high risk of suicide if she did not.
“Defendants falsely informed Chloe and her parents that Chloe’s gender dysphoria would not resolve unless Chloe socially and medically transitioned to appear more like a male,” the suit reads.
According to Cole, her parents were given an “ultimatum” by her doctors: “Would you rather have a dead daughter or a live son?”
After undergoing a double mastectomy that surgically removed both of her breasts, Cole’s “mental health and suicidality issues worsened significantly,” the suit states.
The mastectomy severed Cole’s nerve endings in her breasts and caused permanent side effects. She still has complications from the surgery, which have not yet healed, two years later.
Cole said that she most regrets how “the beauty of motherhood” was stripped from her at an age when she wasn’t able to fully comprehend the loss.
The suit states Cole “is devastated that she will never be able to breastfeed a baby.”
“At 15, I wasn’t really thinking. I was a kid, just trying to fit in — not thinking about the possibility of becoming a parent,” Cole told CNA.
Cole is suing for general damages against her doctors and Kaiser for “grossly negligent treatment.” The suit details that the “full extent” of Cole’s damages is still being investigated but is estimated around at least $700,000.
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Cole announced her suit Thursday night on Tucker Carlson Live alongside her attorney, Harmeet K. Dhillon.
Dhillon is representing Cole alongside lawyers from LiMandri & Jonna LLP through her legal nonprofit, The Center for American Liberty.
In the interview, Dhillon condemned what happened to Chloe as “medical malpractice” and “mutilation.”
“We intend to stop it and we want to hear from other people who’ve had these problems as well. We intend to shut these barbaric and unnatural practices down,” Dhillon said.
Cole’s lawsuit was announced on the center’s website under “Justice for Chloe,” where other patients who have had similar experiences with “gender-affirming care” can reach out to the firm’s lawyers.
Edie Heipel is a former Political Correspondent for CNA's Washington, D.C. bureau. She previously worked in communications for Center for Renewing America, served in the Trump White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and has been a contributor to various outlets including The Federalist and The Charlotte Lozier Institute. She is a graduate of Wheaton College.